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Pajaro Valley Arts Council


Organization Mission

In its 32nd year, Pajaro Valley Arts (PVA) brings exemplary art exhibits and education to our richly diverse multicultural population, and brings the community together through the arts. PVA presents rotating visual art exhibits and cultural events in partnership with guest curators, schools, city government, and local organizations. PVA conducts programming year-round at no cost to the public to fulfill its belief that every person deserves to have access to the arts.

The Big Idea:
Witness: Photojournalism Show

Photography has the power to inform, illuminate and make change. In order to bring attention to critical social issues such as nonviolence, labor rights, economic equality and racial justice, Pajaro Valley Arts will host a six-week photojournalism gallery exhibit featuring the work of some beloved local photojournalists.

Featuring photos from Bob Fitch, Shmuel Thaler, and Tarmo Hannula — well-known for their artistry and craftsmanship as well as their contributions to journalism — the show is of particular importance as the images bear witness to our changing times while providing historic significance.

The work of these photojournalists has had a continuous impact on Santa Cruz County, capturing life here on a daily basis, both in the news media and through social activism.

I am so excited to see my photo up on the (PVA public art) wall! I am happy that I got to be part of this and help to share the stories of immigration. It makes me realize how alike we are

— Liz T., Watsonville High School, 11th grade student